School Council 2018/19
This September the school council were welcomed back for a second year of term. With a heavy heart we said farewell to our year six representatives, we wished them well as they moved on to high school. At the same time we also welcomed newly elected representatives from years one and two.
It has been a quiet start to the academic year with the school council only meeting up a few times.
One of the meetings that took place during November was to discuss a request from the PTA to find out what kind of equipment children across KS1 and KS2 would like for the playground. Children discussed this with their class and as a result came up with quite a list of things. Some of the things that children suggested included: A large chess set, some soft balls, hoopla hoops, skipping ropes, a quiet area to read, a board game area and snakes and ladders painted onto the playground. This information was relayed back to the PTA who are awaiting delivery of the new playground equipment.
Last week it was Road safety week. The school council spent some time thinking about and discussing the importance of road safety in general and around school. During the discussion children voiced their mixed views in relation to the amount of traffic around school, parking around school and parking inside the school grounds. This information will be passed on to Mrs McKenna who organised the week.
During October some children stayed behind after school a couple of times a week to continue digging up the sensory garden. Unfortunately this work had to be halted due to severe weather conditions. After having had a short break children are once again ready to continue to prepare the soil so it will be ready for planting shrubs and bulbs in the spring.
Kind Minds Mission
Children took part in the ‘Kind Minds Mission’ week during Monday 21st and Friday 25th May. During this week children showed random acts of kindness by taking part in activities across the school. These activities included things such as yoga sessions, making paper flowers which represented special people in the children’s lives. One class made friendship bracelets for each other while another class made passports which were stamped each time the children did a kind act. Older children learnt about kindness towards each other and then acted out different scenarios expressing what they had learnt. Others made thank you cards to thank members of staff for all their hard work.
During the week children across the school brought in donations for the Leeds North and West Foodbank (Bramley). These donations were greatly received when they were delivered to the foodbank the following week. Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for such a worthy cause.
Throughout the week the school council also sold biscuits and buns in order to support the mental health charity ‘Mind’. A cheque for £100 has now been forwarded on to the charity.
Children's Mental Health Week
During the week of February 5, the school council organised and helped support the rest of the school to celebrate ‘Children’s mental health’ week. Throughout the week children celebrated ‘being themselves.’
This was done in a variety of ways.
During this week, children on the school council sold biscuits and buns.
Year’s 1 and 2 observed art created by Salvador Dali. These images portrayed quite unusual and unique flowers. The images gave children the confidence and inspiration to then design their own unique flower.
Through discussion, Year’s 3 and 4 explored how we are all unique and how we all had something different to offer each other. Children then went on to create their own flip book where they created their very own fashion designs based around their own personalities.
Year’s 5 and 6 discussed the importance of similarities and differences of individuals, learning how this related to their own mental health. Children then explored a collection of abstract work created by Salvador Dali. Inspired by his lucid style children then created their own abstract art.
All children were given a label to take home so that parents and carers could write a message onto the label to let everyone know just how special they were. These labels were returned to school and are presently hanging on the tree in the ks1 library and look amazing.
On the final day of the week children came dressed up to show off their own individual personalities.
We would like to thank everyone who supported or took part in the week’s events. It was a fantastic week and the unique personalities of all our children shone through.
During the week we managed to raise £266.15 for our sensory garden.
School Council 2017/18
During September 2017 a new school council was put together. Candidates were elected by their peers after having been put through a gruelling interview and then having to deliver a presentation to their class, stating why they should be elected and why they considered themselves to be the best person for the job.
Welcome to our new school council for 2017/18
So far the children have been involved with numerous events and activities around the school. During October some of the school council stayed behind a couple of evenings after school in order to help dig up the grass area running parallel to the driveway. This area is being developed into a sensory garden and will become one of the main activities and hopefully achievements of the new school council.
November saw the children working together for the first time as a group. They took part in the ‘Take over week’ where children across the school were invited to take over adult jobs in and around the school. The school council did a fantastic job as they took over the head teacher’s roll and delivered the weekly assembly while parents watched on.
Early December, three members of the school council found themselves taking part in the interviewing process for a new head teacher. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children and allowed them to be positive representatives on behalf of all the children in the school. They really did us proud and I know they enjoyed the experience.
We look forward to 2018 with lots more events being planned already. During the week of 5th February 2018 the school council will be getting involved with ‘Children’s Mental Health week’ where they will help in promoting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Later during the week of 14th May 2018, the school council will be helping to promote the ‘Kind Minds Mission’. More information about these events will be available at a later date.
We look forward to keeping you updated in the future and would like to wish you all a happy new year.